Rockies to host MLB’s All-Star Sport amid controversy over Georgia voting legislation By Reuters
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(Reuters) – Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field Stadium will host the All-Star Game in July on Tuesday, Major League Baseball (MLB) said after moving the annual event out of Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s new election restrictions .
MLB commissioner Robert Manfred on Friday ordered the sport to reschedule its All-Star game in 2021 after Georgia rolled out the new voting rules approved by Republican politicians. However, critics said they wanted to suppress voting among blacks and other racist minorities who tend to vote democratically.
“Major League Baseball is grateful to the Rockies, the city of Denver and the state of Colorado for supporting this summer’s All-Star Game,” Manfred said in a written statement.
“We appreciate their flexibility and enthusiasm for delivering a first-class event for our game and the region.”
MLB said the venue was chosen in part because the team had already bid for a future All-Star game and previously “came up with a detailed hotel, venue and security plan that took months to put together.”
Manfred’s announcement last week that the annual All-Star Game would not be held in Georgia met heavy criticism from Republican lawmakers across the United States, including Georgian Governor Brian Kemp, who accused MLB of “fear of having given in to political opportunism and fear of “liberal lies.” “
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